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Posted on April 22 at 6:07 p.m.

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt

nuff said

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Posted on April 21 at 11:30 p.m.

The Keystone pipeline is not:

- going to create many jobs
- going to provide gas to the US - it is merely being transported through the US to be sold on foreign markets

The US would be used by Canada with no benefit to the US. There are landowners who do not want their land used for the pipeline.

How about the states that are wanting to punish/fine people for using solar? Is that free market capitalism?

On Out of Control

Posted on April 21 at 11:24 p.m.

I think this hits the nail on the head:

On Out of Control

Posted on April 19 at 6:07 a.m.

"John Shafer, who described himself as "a conservative Republican," told congressional investigators he flagged the first application for tax-exempt status from a Tea Party-aligned group that he and a lower-level agent came across in February 2010 because it was a new, high-profile issue.

Asked if the lower-level agent sought to elevate the case to Washington because he disagreed with Tea Party politics, Shafer said that was not the case.

"We never, never discussed any political, personal aspirations whatsoever," he said, according to a transcript of his testimony reviewed by Reuters on Tuesday."

Really and truly, it is important to read both sides of a story. Remember, there are always two sides to a story and the truth, and one is really cheating oneself to read just one side. By the way, to keep his false IRS narrative going, Issa suppressed the report that included the statements from the conservative republican who said that he started the searches. It was released by another member of the committee. Who is the liar here?

On Out of Control

Posted on April 19 at 6 a.m.

It is funny how some people are up in arms because they think a rancher should mooch off government property for nothing, while those same people are up in arms if people who pay into unemployment insurance actually claim unemployment insurance. They also support companies using private property for the Keystone Pipeline, but would hate it if government used their private property, although it is OK for them to use government property. They are also the same people who call Obama a socialist while yelling "keep government hands off their social security".

Like the OP, there are a lot of people driven by irrational, hypocritical ideology, and really don't know what they are talking about.

On Out of Control

Posted on April 18 at 9:25 p.m.

btw, youknowhoo - I am a liberal, but pro-science. I have seen unscientific blather on both sides, but more frequently on the non-liberal side.

Although there is not much danger to the US from Fukushima, there are many risks to those who live near Fukushima. Hence, the wisdom of the Germans to shut down their nuclear plants. Also, nuclear plants per se, do not create many jobs. And as for free markets, their biggest achievement so far has been to come close to shutting down the world economy.

On Fukushima Remains an Intractable Disaster

Posted on April 18 at 9:18 p.m.

Also, check the diagram from that link, and the comment underneath - note that global nuclear weapons testing has contributed far more to atmospheric pollution than Chernobyl , Fukushima and Three Mile Island - and guess who was most responsible for that - the US not Fukushima. But natural radiation is even higher in the ocean.

Human sources of radiation released into the atmosphere over the past 60 years, although serious, pale in comparison to the radionuclides already naturally present in the ocean. One of the most prevalent substances released through nuclear weapons testing, the accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, and now Fukushima, is cesium-137 (137Cs). Total releases from Fukushima are currently above those at Three Mile Island, but below Chernobyl levels. Among the dozens of radioactive substances naturally present in seawater (of which cesium-137 is one), uranium-238 and potassium-40 are the ones present in the greatest abundance.

Note: Ovals are not to scale. 1 Curie = 37 billion Becquerels. (Illustration by Jack Cook, courtesy Coastal Ocean Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

On Fukushima Remains an Intractable Disaster

Posted on April 18 at 9:09 p.m.

And those plants were installed by American companies, and a certain very high-ranking politician who aggressively sold them those plants. Actually, the damage is worse for the Japanese than it is for the US.

The half-life of cesium-137 is 30 years, and it will be highly diluted as it crosses the Pacific, and iodine-131 has a half-life of about 8 days.

"Ionizing radiation itself cannot travel very far through the air. Typically, dust and other particles, seawater and other liquids, or even gases become radioactive due to exposure to radionuclides and are then transported great distances. In the months and years after the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine scientists were able to track the spread of radioactive material in the atmosphere and the ocean around the globe. Within a week after the explosions at the Fukushima plant, there were reports of very small increases in the continental U.S."

Hence, our concern should be for the people who live closest to Japan; the US not so much. To read more - the link below is from someone who has walked the walk: "I stood on a ship two miles from the Fukushima reactors in June 2011 and as recently as May 2013, and it was safe to be there (I carry radiation detectors with me) and collect samples of all kinds (water, sediment, biota)."

On Fukushima Remains an Intractable Disaster

Posted on April 17 at 10:31 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Statisticians working with insurers to project next year's insurance premium rates say they expect to see an average increase of about 7%, well below the feared double-digit increases making recent headlines.

"The double-rate increases we've been hearing are probably exaggerated," says Dave Axene, a fellow with the Society of Actuaries, adding that there would be wide variation across the country. "That's not what we're seeing from the actuarial organizations — I guess we're being a little bit more optimistic."

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Posted on April 16 at 6:03 p.m.

I doubt very much that there is any plan to wipe cattle grazing off the map in western states. That is beyond loony. I would like to see some evidence for this, other than rumors by the deluded.

As for government-owned land, the more the better - it belongs to all of us.

Bundy probably respects the notion of private land when it applies to his own land, but what he is doing is the same as all the welfare queens, he no doubt derides. Using something that other people pay for, but he does not.

As for 90,000 acres being seized by the BLM, there are always two sides to a story. Funny thing is, I cannot find the other side of the story anywhere. Is this just another nutty conspiracy theory. Land assignments, I believe, would have to go through Congress - and I doubt that anything like that would happen. Cattle grazing could not be wiped out either, without the approval of Congress. This is probably as stupid as the rumors that Obama was going to take away everyone's guns. That could not happen without the approval of Congress either.

Bunch of scared, nutty children.

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